buster to join Cloud9, claims report
That's according to HLTV, whose sources report that the team is eyeing up buster as a replacement for Timofey "interz" Yakushin, who Cloud9 has been looking to replace since they ended their 2022 season at the IEM Rio Major.
Cloud9 had been previously reported to be considering a number of candidates, including the likes of Sanjar “SANJI” Kuliev and Igor “Forester” Bezotecheskiy. Should HLTV's reporting prove to be accurate however, it seems that buster has beaten the competition to secure a spot on Cloud9's roster.
It marks the first change to the Cloud9 roster in over two years, with the line-up having remained unchanged since July 2020, when the team replaced Anton "supra" Tšernobai with Abay "HObbit" Khasenov, in the team then known as Gambit Youngsters - which was later acquired by Cloud9.
buster is currently signed with Virtus.Pro, but has been benched by the team for six months now - having been removed from their active roster after the PGL Major Antwerp. buster was benched alongside Mareks "YEKINDAR" Gaļinskis, and were replaced by David "n0rb3r7" Danielyan and Petr "fame" Bolyshev. While Yekindar quickly found a new home with Team Liquid, buster has been on the sidelines for quite some time now.
Cloud9 will have to announce its final roster soon, with the team due to attend IEM Katowice. The team will be playing in the tournament's Play-In stage, which begins on January 31. It remains to be seen if an updated roster will change Cloud9's fortunes, after a difficult year for the team. Despite winning at IEM Dallas in 2022, they struggled throughout the rest of the year - ending in a disappointing 5th-8th placement at the Rio Major.
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